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Tsering

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What does dipped mean?
« on: October 25, 2010, 10:12:22 am »
I've just come across an entry: "Lobos Isle Lt dipped" - I'm not sure what the "dipped" means?
I've heard of dipped headlights, but a dipped lighthouse?  :D :D :D

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Re: What does dipped mean?
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2010, 10:58:59 am »
Flags were dipped as a sign of recognition and respect, but I've never heard of it being done to a lighthouse.

Which reminds me of an old USN joke.

USN naval vessel calls up on an international frequency to object ahead in the mist:

For the first time:  "This is USN XXX, please move out of the way"

A few minutes, for the second time: "This is USN XXX and we are heading towards you at speed. Move out of the way, NOW"

A further short time elapse, for the third time: "Move out of the way or I cannot answer for the consequences"

Object ahead, laconically: "This is a Canadian lighthouse.  Your move"

Very much a "collapse of stout party" joke.  Don't tell me it isn't true.

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Re: What does dipped mean?
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2010, 07:19:38 pm »
Charles - That's a good one.

Tsering - probably "dipped below the horizon". Like to see the page URL to confirm the context.

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Re: What does dipped mean?
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2010, 06:20:11 pm »

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Re: What does dipped mean?
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2010, 11:52:30 pm »

Whoa, cool.  I love the mumbled words at the end.

Tsering: They probably know better than I as far as what that might mean, but if you could post the URL to the image I'll take a look and get a few other sets of eyes on it.


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Re: What does dipped mean?
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2010, 09:30:52 pm »
A dipped light means precisely that - it is dipped below the actual horizon. It doesn't mean you cannot see it though.  You can often see the 'loom' of the light, especially if it is a lighthouse with a powerful light and see the rotation of the light even below the horizon.

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Re: What does dipped mean?
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2010, 10:02:12 pm »

Ooo!  That's some good info.  That hadn't made any sense until now.

Thanks, TenDown.